community meeting to discuss orange city’s ragbrai bid set for august 23


The Orange City community is invited to a meeting to discuss the potential of Orange City being the starting town for RAGBRAI 2017. Facilitators of the meeting will gauge interested and tell how to get involved should Orange City get the bid.

The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. in the community room of City Hall.

World War II Resistance Drama returns


Local group to perform readers theater rendition of Things We Couldn’t Say

Orange City, IA, June 9, 2016– A story that thrilled local audiences two decades ago will return to the Knight Center at Unity Christian High, Orange City, when a group of local actors will perform the readers theater version of Things We Couldn’t Say.

The story of Diet Eman, a Holocaust survivor and resistance fighter in the Netherlands during the Nazi occupation, is basically a love story set against the great human tragedy of World War II. A quarter century ago Ms. Eman sought the services of Alton writer James Schaap to help her write her story. Things We Couldn’t Say has thousands of beloved readers around the world and has been published in several versions and languages.

When the book was published in 1994, Schaap wrote the script, and the play was performed locally and nationally. Ms. Eman visited many area schools back then to tell her story of intrigue and danger, of courage and faith.

Janie Van Dyke, who is directing the performance, was herself part of some of those performances twenty years ago. Van Dyke, who teaches English at Unity, chose to do Things We Couldn’t Say as an experiment because she knew the script could be done without major costuming requirements or elaborate stage design.

“The story is so powerful,” Van Dyke says, “that we still have trouble not getting emotional just reading through it.” She has her own designs on a summer theater program at the Knight Center. “I felt it was important for this first attempt to do something really good and relatively easy to produce.”

James Schaap plays a minor role in the production, introducing the story before Diet Eman (Leanne Bonnekroy) begins to tell it. Soon, Diet’s own younger self (Teresa Ter Haar) appears, along with Hein Sietsma (Jason Alons), the resistance fighter she’d planned to marry. Greg Steggerda and Tom Hydeen play Nazi officials and guards.

Van Dyke is not the only member of the cast to return to the script. Teresa Ter Haar, who teaches theater at Dordt, was a member of the first cast back in 1994, when she was a senior at Calvin College, Grand Rapids Michigan. “It’s quite amazing how much more I feel the story today, now that I’m older,” she says.

Performances are scheduled at 7:30, for Friday, June 24, and Saturday, June 25, at the Knight Center. General admission is $5.00. The intensity of the Eman story makes it wise not to take small children.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Janie Van Dyke at 712 441 3228 or email at; alternatively, you may contact James Schaap at 712 441 1125 or email at


psa: time to move sump pump hoses

Is your sump pump running in your basement? Do you know where it discharges your excess water?
If your pump hose is connected to your drain line, you are contributing to a major problem! With the
infiltration of rainwater during large downpours or wet seasons, sewer lines may become overloaded
and cause backups in basements or overflow at lift stations & the wastewater treatment plant. City ordinances
only allow sump pumps to drain into sanitary sewers from October 15 – April 15.

Remember to reconnect pumps to an outdoor outlet.

For more information, contact the City of Orange City at 712-707-4885.

Calling All Lifeguards!


PSA: Please clear snow away from your hydrants


Fire hydrants are a vital source of water for firefighting and if they are buried in snow, critical time is lost, as fires can double in size every minute. You can help the Orange City Fire Department by removing snow away from fire hydrants as it may save you or your neighbor’s family or property.


Denny Vander Wel
OCFD Fire Chief


2016 Tulip Festival ticket sales begin Feb. 1

2016 Tickets on Sale

Tickets for the 2016 Tulip Festival Extravaganza, Night Show and reserved parade seating will go on sale Monday, Feb. 1. Ticket sales will begin at 9 a.m. at the Orange City Tulip Festival/Chamber of Commerce office. The 76th annual Tulip Festival will take place May 19-21.


The annual Tulip Festival Extravaganza will take place Wednesday, March 16, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The event will include a luncheon and program at Prairie Winds Event Center. Tickets are $15 each through March 4, and $20 each beginning March 5.


Tickets for the 2016 Night Show, “West Side Story,” are $20 each. The production will take place at the Unity Christian Knight Center May 18-21, beginning at 8 p.m.


Reserved parade seats are $4 each. Seats are reserved beginning at 1 p.m. each day of the festival, and are reserved for Straat Feest, street scrubbing and the afternoon volksparade.


Value ticket books will also be available for purchase Feb. 1. The books include tickets to eight festival attractions and hold a value of $26, but are sold for $15 each.


All tickets for the Night Show and parade are reserved, and all are sold on a first come, first served basis. Questions can be directed to the Tulip Festival office at 712-707-4510, and more information can be found at


“West Side Story” is based on a conception of Jerome Robbins. Book by Arthur Laurents. Music by Leonard Bernstein.  Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Entire original production directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins. Originally produced on Broadway by Robert E. Griffith and Harold S. Prince by arrangement with Roger L. Stevens.


“West Side Story” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019. Phone: 212-541-4684. Fax: 212-397-4684. www.

Beware of Utility Scam

It has come to the attention of the City Office of a utility scam that is in the area.

This scam involves receiving a call from someone claiming they are from Orange City Utilities or other local utilities. They indicate that payment for your utilities has not been received and that you will be disconnected soon.

To avoid disconnection, you are asked to get a money order and give them the payment.

The City of Orange City does NOT use an outside company to collect delinquent utility bills. All correspondence regarding any delinquent bill would come directly from the city.

Also, in accordance with the Iowa Utilities Board rules, we do not disconnect on weekends or if the temperature is forecast to be below 20 degrees within the next 24 hours.

If you receive one of these calls, please contact the Orange City Police Dept. @ 707-4251.

2016 Tulip Festival Night Show Auditions Scheduled

Night Show

Auditions for the 2016 Tulip Festival Night Show, “West Side Story,” are scheduled for three dates in January. Individuals age 16 and up are invited to audition.

Auditions for the Night Show will take place Jan. 12 and Jan. 14 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Jan. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon. All auditions will take place at the Orange City Town Hall. Those wishing to try out do not need to prepare any material prior to the auditions, but are asked to bring their schedules from February through May.

The cast of “West Side Story” will consist of 35 to 40 people, including Tony, Maria, Riff, Bernardo, Chino, Anita, Officer Krupke, Doc, members of the Sharks and Jets, and many more. Non-singing roles are also available for males in the production.

Tickets for the Night Show will go on sale for $20 each on Monday, Feb. 1 at 9 a.m. at the Orange City Tulip Festival/Chamber of Commerce office. The show will take place May 18-21 at the Unity Christian Knight Center. Questions can be directed to the Tulip Festival office at 712-707-4510, and more information can be found at

“West Side Story” is based on a conception of Jerome Robbins. Book by Arthur Laurents. Music by Leonard Bernstein.  Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Entire original production directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins. Originally produced on Broadway by Robert E. Griffith and Harold S. Prince by arrangement with Roger L. Stevens.

“West Side Story” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019. Phone: 212-541-4684. Fax: 212-397-4684. www.

tulip bulb giveaway: nov. 4-6


free tulip bulbs

Color your part of the community vibrant with FREE tulip bulbs complements of the Orange City Parks and Recreation Department. Tulip bulbs are distributed on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last.

Where: Downtown Bandshell

When: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

  • Wednesday, November 4
  • Thursday, November 5
  • Friday, November 6

For more information contact: Mitch at (712)707-4885 or

orange city recycles: notes on acceptable materials

Orange City Recycles

Did you know that about 80% of what Americans throw away is recyclable, yet the average recycling rate is only 28%?

When recycling materials, please be conscious of which items are acceptable for including in your blue recycling bin. A list of both recyclable and non-recyclable materials per the Northwest Iowa Landfill is noted below, and more information can be found in this brochure. Thank you for your effort in creating a clean and healthy environment!

recyclable materials:

  • mixed paper – office paper, colored paper, shiny paper, envelopes (transparent windows okay), junk mail, catalogs (reduce to 1/2 inch thick), newspapers, brown paper bags, magazines (reduce to 1/2 inch thick), phone books (reduce to 1/2 inch thick), shredded paper (bag it separately), hardcover books (remove covers, reduce to 1/2 inch thick), paperback books (reduce to 1/2 inch thick), fiber board (cereal boxes, soda boxes), paper egg cartons
  • aluminum and metals – aluminum & tin cans, aluminum foil & pans, clean all cans, foil and pans
  • corrugated cardboard – corrugated cardboard, pizza boxes (must be clean), break it down and flatten!
  • plastic – all plastic containers labeled 1-5, milk and juice jugs, pop and water bottles, dish and liquid soap bottles, bleach and detergent containers, ice cream tubs and yogurt cups, cooking oil containers, lotion bottles, household cleaning containers Clean – no liquids, lids or caps and pumps
  • glass – glass needs to be dropped off in the bins located at the City Street Department. (809 Concord Place SE)

non-recyclable materials:

  • food & paper waste – frozen food & juice boxes, food wrappers & bags, dirty paper plates, cups & napkins, food waste (uneaten food), tissues, paper towels, wax paper
  • plastic – all plastic containers labeled 6-7, plastic containers with no numbered label, styrofoam & packing peanuts, plastic bags, plastic utensils, cups & plates, disposable diapers, plastic food wrapping, Tupperware containers, medical supplies and sharps, plastic toys
  • batteries and cell phones – due to fire hazard, no batteries and cell phones will be accepted at the Recycling Center, but are accepted at Northwest Iowa Household Hazardous Material Regional Collection Center
  • misc. – garbage, soiled mattress pads, landscaping material



Sioux County to receive Home Base Iowa designation on oct. 28

Home Base Iowa Logo

Orange City, Iowa – Sioux County will be designated as a Home Base Iowa county during a ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 28. The designation will take place in the courtroom of the Sioux County Courthouse at 8:30 a.m., and the public is invited to attend. Governor Terry Branstad will present the official designation at the event.

Home Base Iowa provides veterans with resources that assist them in finding employment in and becoming part of Iowa communities.

To receive the Home Base Iowa designation, communities and counties must meet four requirements: 10 percent of the businesses in the designated area must become Home Base Iowa businesses and pledge to hire a specific number of veterans; a welcome and incentive package must be developed for veterans; Home Base Iowa designation signage must be prominently displayed; and the local governing body must give a resolution of support.

“We are proud to receive the Home Base Iowa designation. We are excited to have a program that will help our local employers find much needed skilled employees,” says Mark Gaul, community development director for the City of Orange City. “We are glad to be able to assist our people coming out of the military and to provide them with quality employment and a place to call home.”

More information on the Home Base Iowa program is available on the county’s website:

C&S Developers to build professional plaza on Highway 10 in Orange City



C&S Developers to build professional plaza on Highway 10 in Orange City

The Orange City Development Corporation is pleased to announce the sale of the property and the building of a professional plaza along Highway 10, due west of Casey’s General Store.

C&S Developers, LLC, owned by Brian Schutt of Alton and Dave Cleveringa of Sioux Center, will own and manage the property. The 16,000-square-foot facility will offer build-to-suit space for multiple businesses.

“We are pleased to partner with C&S Developers to add retail and office space for new and expanded business in our community,” says Daryl Beltman, president of the Orange City Development Corporation.

Mike Hofman, executive director of the Orange City Chamber of Commerce, explains that the new addition will complement the town’s business and retail community. “A vibrant retail environment fosters growth, and we believe this space will continue to enhance the many great things happening in Orange City,” he says.

Hofman adds that businesses have already expressed interest in the new development. “This building will allow us to offer additional options for location and retail space to people looking to locate or start their small business in Orange City,” he says.

C&S Developers is committed to the enhancement of the local business community. “We recognize the importance of strong economic and retail growth, and we look forward to working with current and future Orange City businesses in creating a positive economic impact for the community,” says Schutt.

Groundbreaking for the professional plaza is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 15 at 11 a.m.

Schelling Construction of Sioux Center will build the professional plaza and plans to have some units ready for occupancy by Jan. 1, 2016.

Orange City Fifth Among Nation’s Top Christian College Towns

Orange City, home to Northwestern College, has been ranked fifth among the nation’s top 10 Christian college towns by The website’s rankings are based on how well a city that houses a Christian college offers students big-city amenities with a small-town feel.

“Northwestern College has played an integral role in the development of Orange City,” says Mayor Deb De Haan. “The residents enjoy a healthy ‘town and gown’ relationship that exists between the city and the college, and they recognize that many of the cultural and entertainment amenities available to them are a result of Northwestern being located here.”

The website’s ranking is based around both the on-campus atmosphere and the off-campus amenities located in the town surrounding a college or university. According to the website, “Most of the colleges that made the list are big cities with small-town charms. Let me be clear: Orange City is a small town with small- town charms.” It goes on to say, “It’s very Dutch, very clean and very safe. Students walk to the movies, to the coffee shop, and to Pizza Ranch. It’s a community rooted in family, which helps make it feel like home.”

In addition to amenities, community members and local churches also act as a benefit to Northwestern students. Local residents often welcome college students into their homes for meals, holiday celebrations and free laundry service.

“Among the many benefits Northwestern students and employees receive in Orange City are a safe environment and a vibrant local economy in the middle of America’s heartland,” says Mark Bloemendaal, Northwestern’s dean of enrollment and marketing. “Significant interaction between local residents and college students make it a home-away-from-home that results in lifelong relationships that cross generations, time zones and even continents.”

Orange City has been called one of the cleanest towns in America. With a population of around 6,000, it boasts a five-screen movie theatre, 18-hole golf course and restaurants ranging from coffee houses to fast-food chains and one-of-a-kind eateries. Orange City has also been ranked as the best town in Iowa to raise a family by Niche rankings (the 43rd best in the nation), and one of the 100 best small towns in the United States by

The rankings, at, list Nashville, Tenn., first; followed by Grand Rapids, Mich., at second. Other cities in the top 10 include Seattle and San Diego.

Fall Pool Hours

2016 Tulip Court Election to be held Sept. 9


The 2016 Tulip Court Election will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015.

Voting for the 2016 Tulip Court will take place from 2 to 8 p.m. at Stadscentrum, located on the corner of Central Avenue and Second Street North in Orange City.

Eligible voters are adults with an Orange City address and 7th through 12thgrade students at MOC-Floyd Valley, Unity Christian High School, and Orange City Christian School.

Candidate eligibility and general questions can be directed to the Tulip Festival office by email at or by phone at 712-707-4510.

girls youth soccer

Orange City Chamber of Commerce Plans Events for August 26


The Orange City Chamber of Commerce is planning two events in conjunction with the Orange City Arts Council’s Arts on Central event happening Wednesday, Aug. 26.

A scavenger hunt, open to participants ages 18 and under, will take place with several downtown merchants. The scavenger hunt will begin at Stadscentrum, and participants will proceed to find wooden shoes and clues in downtown merchants’ stores.  Participants who complete the scavenger hunt will receive a prize, and will be entered to win one of two grand prizes for the event. The scavenger hunt will take place from 5 to 7 p.m.

Orange City Chamber of Commerce merchants will also be hosting their annual “Thanks with Franks” event from 5 to 6:30 p.m.  The public is invited to visit the participating merchants for free hot dogs, and will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite hot dog at the event. Free will donations will be accepted for the new mural commissioned by the Orange City Arts Council.

Stadscentrum will be open during the Arts on Central event from 5 to 8 p.m.

Questions about the scavenger hunt or “Thanks with Franks” event can be directed to the Chamber office at 712-707-4510.

welcome back students & faculty



The cities of Orange City and Alton and all of our citizens are happy to welcome you to our schools and our communities this fall. Our merchants are ready to serve you with the finest merchandise and dependable service to help make your school year an enjoyable experience. Stop in to visit with us, we enjoy meeting you!

Caution: Our children will be walking and bicycling to and from school on sidewalks and painted, designated walkways. Please drive with care when entering our school route zones. Parents, please instruct your children to the safest and best routes to travel to school.